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It’s Heritage Month

The city’s history comes alive in the buildings and monuments that tell stories of important moments in its formation, making it a unique city, with all its historical scars.

This Heritage Month, the city will, through its entity, the Joburg Property Company (JPC), step up efforts to restore, preserve and maintain its historical monuments for future generations.

Current city efforts to preserve Joburg heritage: The Jabulani Amphitheatre located near the Soweto Theatre is currently being restored. It is part of a 36 hectare development under the management of the JPC.

The city will on 25 September unveil a plaque to recognize people forced to leave behind the graves of their loved ones when they were forcefully removed from Juliwe location in Roodepoort West to Dobsonville in the late 1950s.

The JPC has recently awarded the Parkmore Community Association (PCA) a lease to preserve and use the Driefontein Farmhouse, which was built by German immigrant Adolf Wilhemi in 1906 after the Anglo-Boer War. The association aims to preserve the history of the farm and teach children in the area about the history of the early Parkmore residents.

Located in Forest Town on Jan Smuts Avenue, the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC) was built to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and Genocide for their courage and determination in resisting the dehumanizing and oppressive systems. This building commemorates the suffering of the people of Rwanda, the Jewish community and any other communities who suffered similar atrocities. The building will house a permanent exhibition that is still under construction and will be opened in 2018.

The city plans to upgrade the Mendi Monument in Avalon Cemetery to coincide with the centenary of the Men.

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